Review: Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley


Meet Corrinne. She’s living every girl’s dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was…

When Corrinne’s father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she’s stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she’s supposed to be living. She doesn’t care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed. (via Goodreads)

My Review:

Where I Belong was a really fun story, and a very quick read. Seeing Corrinne embrace her inner hick was an enjoyable experience. The focus is definitely on Corrinne and her learning things about herself and about life in general – I think the cover makes it out to be more of a romance than it is. I’m not saying that as a critique, because it didn’t bother me. Just fair warning.

Sometimes I let the stupidest things bother me. When Corrinne is first learning her way around Broken Spoke, they talk about the town having only one sit-down restaurant (Chinese) and a Sonic. Then, the school is described as three stories high with several hundred (400 maybe?) students. Now see, that doesn’t work for me. If the town is large enough to have a school with that many students, it is definitely too large to have only one sit-down restaurant.

I mean, I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma – the high school was two small hallways jammed together with a cafeteria in the middle. My graduating class was 40 people. And even my town has a little more going for it than one Chinese place (that there’s a picture of my town’s classy hamburger place. best fries ever.). I mean – at the very least there should be like a burger place and/or a Mexican restaurant. God save me from a small town in this part of the country where you can’t sit down somewhere and order a burger (Sonic does NOT count).
So, like I said, I realize it is really silly that I’m so focused on that – but it seriously bothered me to the point that I enjoyed the book less. I’m not claiming to be an expert or anything – but that set-up just totally clashes with what I know about small towns.
Anyway, other than that (which probably doesn’t bother anyone else anywhere), the story is awesome. There isn’t a lot of deep characterization, but the way everyone interacts with each other is very interesting and entertaining nonetheless.
This is a story of a self-centered, spoiled brat learning about life, family and cow manure in the small town of Broken Spoke, Texas. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy – pick up the book and prepare to enjoy the ride!
{ 5 comments… add one }
  • anachronist March 10, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Cow manure? Well, I don't have anything against it but I am not sure I would like to read about it either…

  • Liz March 10, 2011, 11:59 pm

    I can see where that would get annoying. But this one sounds cute to me, so I will probably still pick it up.

  • brandy-painter March 11, 2011, 12:42 am

    A town in Texas that has a sit down Chinese place and not a burger, steak or Mexican place? No, that doesn't sound at all right. It does sound like a cute book though.

  • Shanyn March 13, 2011, 12:10 am

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  • Mrs. V March 21, 2011, 10:57 pm

    It sounds like a lot of people were expecting more romance than it had because of the cover. When I was reading it, I was also surprised about the size of the school. I did not even think about the number of restaurants being out of proportion with the school though. I understand how that bothered you because I typically get distracted by details that just don't seem realistic.


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